Jo Frencken Receives the 2017 IADR H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award


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March 23, 2017

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The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Jo Frencken with the 2017 IADR H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award. He was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting was held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Frencken is head of the Department of Global Oral Health, Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He received his M.Sc. degree from the University of London, England, UK, and his Ph.D. and D.D.S. degrees from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

His research interests include minimal intervention dentistry, geriatric oral health, dental anxiety and epidemiology. Frencken is known for participating in the development of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment , which helps to manage dental caries. Atraumatic Restorative Treatment is more than a technique but a philosophy, where prevention, diagnosis and intervention are associated.

Frencken has traveled the world to teach Atraumatic Restorative Treatment to dentists. As a result, patients have benefited from the treatment because it has proven to be a very friendly approach, can be applied even in places where electricity or piped water is not available, and it’s an effective treatment, as evidenced by the reduction of tooth extractions in areas where the treatment has been implemented.

This award, one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, is supported by the Colgate-Palmolive Company in memory of H. Trendley Dean, the 21st President of the IADR and first dental officer of the National Institutes of Health. The award consists of a monetary prize and plaque and is given for distinguished accomplishments in research and development in the fields of behavioral science, epidemiology and public health. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

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